Kevin O'Connor admits he felt crestfallen after receiving the first red card of a career now in its 10th season, writes Yann Tear.
But it is just one of the setbacks he is determined to overcome in the weeks ahead.
The 26-year-old midfielder has had to get used to no longer being an automatic first-choice and knows he faces a battle to earn appearances.
"I thought the red card was harsh," O'Connor told the Gazette. "Maybe I'm a bit biased but I think from everyone's reaction, including their players, noone thought it was a red card.
"The ref can only give what he thinks but hopefully we'll have a look at it and see if we can do anything about it.
"The manager will look at it and decide but obviously it costs money so we may not think it's worth appealing, I don't know.
"It's my first red card and it's definitely a disappointment. I didn't go in to hurt anyone, I just went in to win the ball and I thought I touched it.
"I've only been booked about 20 times in my career, so it's not as if I'm a dirty player."
O'Connor's team-mate Brett Johnson backed the midfielder over his sending off.
"As soon as Kevin received his red card, the Dagenham players turned to all of us and smiled. You could tell they were thinking 'that's not right.'
"I think all the players on the pitch are honest enough to say that wasn't a sending off. Kevin's not like that and there was no malicious intent at all.
"It was a foul, yes, but I think they will have to look at it again and review it."
Talking of his relegation to the subs' bench in recent games, O'Connor said: "I've just got to work hard and try and get back in the team.
"The last couple of games I haven't been in the starting line-up so I have to accept I'm not an automatic choice at the moment.
"All I can do is take that on the chin, keep going and try to get back in the team.
"A lot of things happen in a season and hopefully I will get in the team and keep my place. That's the aim."
Although Andy Scott mentioned the possibility of an appeal against O'Connor's dismissal for a studs-up lunge at the ball that caught Ben Strevens, the chances are the former Republic of Ireland U21 will miss this week's trip to
Wycombe through suspension. But he still feels the Bees are in good shape for the contest.
"Wycombe are up there and it's another local derby and there's a lot at stake," O'Connor said. "They are a good team and it will be good to measure ourselves against them to see where we're at.
"That's three wins, a draw and a defeat and we've kept three clean sheets out of four.
"We're up there playing good football, creating good chances and look like scoring. It's been a good start, confidence is up and we've just got to keep it going now."